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What is Arts as Context?

Arts as Context is an approach to early childhood education that begins with non-verbal representations of thoughts and ideas via creative movement, music, and visual arts. These artistic expressions, in turn, lead to all other areas of the curriculum. Allowing children opportunities to think for themselves and to afford them ample opportunities to express their thoughts and ideas nonverbally, provides children personal and meaningful contexts from which thoughtful and engaging conversations can emerge. It is within the emotional and thoughtful context of arts that children create and construct their knowledge about their world.

Come explore how every child's creative and intellectual talents can emerge from the context of arts, whether in public or private schooling, or in the home.

"A finished artistic product is not the end; rather, it beckons us to begin an intelligent conversation."

—Dr. Mark E. Turner